Go for a `full on` adventure on this traditional winter Trans-Siberian/Mongolian Experience. This is a boots `n` all trip for the hardiest of travellers, jump on the back of your sled and get mushing! Think snow, big furry Russian hats, temperatures well below zero, oh and probably some vodka too! The Ruski Huski is a special winter itinerary that offers you the chance to go dog sledding if you are brave enough! We`ve also included some winter activities to keep you warm; try your hand at Mongolian cooking and experience a Russian sauna. Mush!
Welcome to Russia’s ‘Venice of the north’ and your launching pad for your epic adventure on our Ruski Huski journey! Walk through this imperial jewels fairy tale streets and then treat yourself to a traditional Russian hot chocolate at Yeliseev’s Food Hall! If museums are your thing, for something different, check out the Soviet Arcade Machine Museum, the Faberge museum or the very unusual Kunstkamera Museum of Curiosities.
St. Petersburg and to Moscow
Take in the sights and discover the local live music scene, your Honcho is sure to have some favourites. Wander the labyrinth of canals and beautiful bridges, visit the spectacular Hermitage Museum (with the world’s largest collection of paintings), or venture outside of the city to the summer retreat of the Tsars in the town of Pushkin and visit the Grand Avenue of Nevsky Prospekt before boarding our overnight train to Moscow.
Welcome to Moscow!
We arrive into the capital in the early hours of the morning – take in the iconic sight of St. Basil’s swirling, colourful cupolas and the impressive Red Square. Perhaps check out the amazing treasures in the Armoury, go 18 stories down into an old bunker or explore the glitzy stores of GUM department store.
Moscow to Irkutsk
If you have time, explore the Fallen Monuments Park, head to the space museum or admire the many gorgeous churches and museums. Ensure you take a ride in the world’s most beautiful and famous metro system - every station is a masterpiece! Early afternoon we board our train to Siberia. All aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway!
Aboard the Train - Trans-Siberian Railway
Watch the ever-changing landscapes flicker past your window or head to the dining car and practice your Russian. Grab a deck of cards, a game is a great way to break the ice!
Morning arrival into Irkutsk and a short onward journey to Lake Baikal - Fancy going for a hovercraft ride over the ice?
Soak in the scenery and enjoy a hike along its beautiful icy shores. Subject to the weather and how frozen the lake is, ask your Honcho what activities can be arranged. Depending how adventurous you are feeling you may want to go horse riding, dog sledding, craft your own Slavic style good luck charm or knife at the blacksmith, jump on a hover craft or stick to the Russian Banya and get whacked with a birch branch!
Return to Irkutsk
Today we leave the icy shores of beautiful Lake Baikal and head back to Irkutsk.
Wander the streets of Irkutsk, scattered with beautiful historic wooden houses adorned with hand carved intricate lacework before boarding the evening train to Ulaanbaatar.
Trans Mongolian Railway
Catch a glimpse of your first yak in Mongolia and witness the incredible landscapes from your train window.
Welcome to the land of the mighty Genghis Khan. Today you arrive into Mongolia’s capital - Ulaanbaatar. Perhaps visit the giant Genghis statue or check out the city’s ‘Black Market’ - (nothing too dodgy here, just interesting instruments, souvenirs and random goods!).
Terelj National Park
Hang out with some nomads and go tobogganing in the snow! A magical couple of days await you in the Mongolian snowcovered steppe. Why not enjoy a horse ride through this winter wonderland? As a part of our ‘Icy Extras’ Day 13 includes Winter Sledge hire and some traditional Mongolian ice games.
Terelj National Park
Enjoy another day in Terelj National Park and participate in a Mongolian cooking class.
Terelj National Park to Ulaanbaatar
Relax in the serenity of the wide-open steppe and learn about the nomadic way of life before returning to Ulaanbaatar. Mingle with ruby-robed monks at Gandan Khiid Monastery or take in some of the cities many museums and enjoy our last night in this quirky capital.
Ulaanbaatar to Beijing
Rise and shine! It is time to embark on your final train journey to Beijing! Travel over the steppe of Mongolia, then south across the fringes of the Gobi desert where Nomadic settlements dot the landscape, towards the Chinese Frontier. At the border town of Erlian witness an impressive change of train bogies (wheels)!
Arrive into Beijing around midday - Check out the impressively large Tiananmen Square, test out your haggling skills at one of the many colourful markets in Beijing, wander through the ancient hutongs on foot or by rickshaw - this is a city oozing history and fascinating sights you just need to decide where to start!
Tick one off the bucket list - take a day trip to China’s Great Wall or see the gorgeous gorges, caves and gardens of Longqing Gorge. Peking duck anyone?
Your epic Ruski Huski adventure ends this morning; if you would like to continue and stay on longer ask one of our Travel Advisors how…
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Trip Name: Ruski Huski (St. Petersburg - Beijing)
Duration: 19 Days
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